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Stevie Wonder

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  • Year:
    1989
  • Inducted by:
    Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • Category:
    Performers
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Introduction

Stevie Prodigy, Stevie Miracle, Stevie Wonder.

Stevie Wonder was quite literally born to make music—he was discovered at age 12. His voice, his virtuosity on piano, his songwriting and his unflagging conscience are just a small sample of the qualities that make him a musical marvel.

Hall of Fame Essay

1989

Michael Hill

Even among Motown’s greats, Stevie Wonder surely remains unique. 

He has pursued an ever-expanding vision, creating work that stands alone in the Motown canon for its unflagging  adventurousness and thorough originality. A musical pioneer, he has embraced influences ranging from reggae to Jazz, and his work has been a catalyst for social change.  

His is the Sound of Young America grown up  —  sensitive, aware, responsible, remarkable.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1989
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Stevie Wonder Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

a melody writer of such effortless virtuosity

Paul Simon

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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